Temple University community holding vigil for murdered student Jenna Burleigh


The Temple University community is holding a vigil to remember a student who was murdered last week.

The Temple Student Government and the Progressive NAACP are hosting the vigil for 22-year-old Jenna Burleigh.

“This will be a space for the Temple community to unite together, grieve the loss of our former Owl, and remember all the gifts that she brought to the university. It is open for everyone to join. There will be a time for open-mic sharing, as well as a space to write encouraging letters to the Burleigh family. Candles and/or flowers will be provided,” a Facebook post reads.

The vigil will be held Thursday at Founder’s Garden on the North Philadelphia campus from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Joshua Hupperterz, 29, was charged with Burleigh’s murder early Sunday. He was also charged with abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence, and possession of an instrument of crime.

The school’s president said Burleigh had just joined the Temple community last week as a junior transfer student from Montgomery County Community College, majoring in film and media arts.
In a statement, the Temple Student Government said:

Those that knew Jenna described her as “big hearted,” “hilarious,” “fiercely feminist,” “unapologetically herself,” and “an incredibly woke young woman.” She spent much of her time combating racism and sexism, as well as defending the rights for LGBTQIA+ community.

A viewing for Burleigh will be held at the Williams, Bergey, Koffel Funeral Home at 667 Harleysville Pike, Telford, Pennsylvania on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Another viewing will take place from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday at Saint Maria Goretti Catholic Church at 1601 Derstine Road in Hatfield, Pa. prior to the funeral at 11 a.m.

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